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Poster: Edsel Date: Jul 1, 2013 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 7-1-78

An odd day, one set, hotter than hell with intermittent cooling rain, and a bunch of fast leaving cowboys.

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Poster: dtzcuzn Date: Jul 13, 2013 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 7-1-78

This was the first time I had ever experianced the Grateful Dead live.I was only 14 at the time and went with my brother-in-law's younger brother,Steve.The brother-in-law wasn't cool,but Steve sure was!!!Anyway,we had gone because Steve was a major Willie Nelson fan,and this was his annual picnic.The year before we went to Tulsa for the '77 picnic and had a hell of a time!Needless to say I was a tad overwhelmed by the bands set.

Not the longest show ever,not the most 'jammy' show,but it was good.I hadn't heard much of the bands music,mostly "Truckin'","Casey Jones" & "Uncle John's Band".None of those were played but I did recognize some of the country stuff,the "Big River" was cool,my dad had a red colored 45 of that one.But I was struck by the way the latter half of the set was played.It flowed,not gaps between songs,this was weird I thought,but it was very cool to see a band do that.Steve later explained they do it all without setlists,and each night was different.
Although it took a few years to really get it and then my first "offical" show,but that hot,humid day at Arrowhead Stadium sure started a life long love affair with this band and thier music.
Thanks guys!!!(and Donna too)